Given the massive popularity of CBD in the personal health and beauty industries, it’s no surprise that the market has been flooded with a dizzying array of products ranging from CBD-infused cooking oil to Retinol Collagen daily moisturizers. Eager consumers are anxious to get their hands on CBD products to enjoy the multitude of amazing health benefits this cannabinoid promises, but are they really paying for a pure product?
Sadly, the widely-publicized health benefits that CBD, or cannabidiol, delivers has spurred an influx of untested, adulterated, and ineffective products claiming to contain CBD to hit the marketplace. The greedy companies that manufacture these inferior products are simply looking to cash in on the latest natural health phenomenon.
So how do you know the CBD product that you’re looking to buy is the real deal and will deliver on its host of health benefits?
Read on to learn the 7 things you should absolutely know before buying CBD products:
1. Contains 0.3% or Less THC Content
THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid responsible for causing users to feel “high”, is legal in a growing number of states in the U.S.; however, it’s still illegal in many states.
In order for a CBD product to be classified as legal, it must contain a particular percentage of THC. The maximum percentage of allowable THC content varies from state to state, but it can range from 0.3% to 0.5%. This range is generally considered safe and shouldn’t cause users to experience the psychoactive effects of THC.
Unless you reside in a state where THC is legal and you’re consciously choosing a product that contains THC, it’s imperative that you confirm that the CBD product you’re interested in contains less than the legal amount THC permitted in your state.
You can rest assured knowing that all Enhanced Health Products meet the legal requirement for THC levels. In fact, many of our CBD products contain zero THC for added reassurance.
2. Type of CBD Used
Consumers are faced (and oftentimes overwhelmed) with selecting CBD products that contain “Full Spectrum CBD”, “Broad Spectrum CBD”, or “CBD Isolate”. It’s very important that you know the difference between the three, and which type is used in a CBD product.
First of all, the difference between each type refers to the cannabinoid extraction process.
Full Spectrum CBD is CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant in conjunction with all the other cannabinoids that were present, including THC.
Broad Spectrum CBD is like Full Spectrum CBD without the inclusion of THC.
CBD Isolate is pure, unadulterated CBD that was extracted from the hemp plant, and then isolated from the other cannabinoids that were present. These products contain 99% pure CBD.
3. Amount of CBD Per Dosage
Before you place a CBD product into your proverbial shopping cart, it’s vital that you understand how much CBD is contained in the product. This information lets you know how much CBD is in a dose, which you can use to determine if this product meets your specific needs.
The dosage method varies depending on the type of CBD product.
When using a CBD tincture, the dosage is administered from a dropper included with the tincture. As a rule of thumb, the CBD tincture bottles contain either 15ml, 30ml, or 60ml of liquid content, and a filled dropper contains 1ml of liquid content.
To figure out the amount of CBD that would be delivered in a single serving, simply divide the total CBD content in the bottle by the number of servings in a bottle.
If the CBD per serving is too low, you may not experience any of the positive health benefits of CBD and you’ll waste your money on the CBD product. Alternatively, you also want to ensure you don’t spend more than necessary on a CBD product with a dosage that’s higher than you need to experience relief from your symptoms.
On the other hand, CBD capsules are really straight-forward when it comes to grasping the CBD content in each dosage. A single serving is usually just one CBD capsule, and the amount of CBD in each capsule is typically listed on the product’s label.
Just to reiterate, it’s crucial to know what’s your ideal CBD dosage so you can buy capsules with your ideal CBD content. While there are many other types of CBD products available, from vapes to edibles, these two methods can be applied to understanding how dosing works in general.
For more information about how much CBD you should take, check out our article on CBD dosage.
4. Hemp Source
Hemp is the main source where CBD is extracted from, so it stands to logic that the quality of hemp plays a huge role in the quality of the end CBD product. While certain brands maintain close relationships with hemp suppliers to guarantee they use only the finest hemp available, others are more focused on securing the lowest priced hemp at the expense of overall quality.
Frequently, brands will buy CBD isolate from wholesale suppliers without any idea of where the hemp is sourced from or how it was cultivated. As a result, the quality of hemp is questionable.
Hemp can be sourced from many places spanning the globe, including China, Europe, and the U.S. While quality hemp can be sourced from various locations across the world, the best geographical location to cultivate hemp is the U.S. because it has nutrient-rich soil and superior cultivation standards.
Another significant factor to consider is the cultivation practices that were used to produce the hemp. Look for CBD products extracted from hemp that was cultivated in proper ph-based soil without the use of pesticides, GMOs, and other synthetic additives.
5. CBD Extraction Method
There are numerous methods of extracting CBD from hemp; however, CO2 extraction is the most common because it’s safe and delivers a pure end product.
This extraction method uses pressurized carbon dioxide (CO2) to extract CBD from the plant, then compresses it into a supercritical cold liquid state, while preserving the nutrient-rich trichomes and terpenes. This is the superior method of extracting CBD from the hemp plant and is considered the gold standard in the industry.
6. Other Ingredients
You’ll also want to look for the type of ingredients that a CBD product pairs with the CBD content.
What type of ingredients are found in the product? Are the ingredients even listed? If not, this may be cause for concern.
Does the CBD product contain other ingredients with names that are difficult to pronounce? If this is the case, consult Professor Google to find out what these ingredients are and if they have any negative side effects.
A top quality CBD product will contain organic and all-natural ingredients which will optimize the benefits of the product. For instance, our Enhanced Health CBD Sleep Support Oral Spray features melatonin to enhance the effectiveness of the CBD in treating insomnia.
7. Brand Reputation
An excellent way to assess the legitimacy of a CBD brand is to scour the internet for reviews on its products. While this may not guarantee the quality of the CBD product, it provides insights into how others have felt about it and could highlight potential issues you could avoid.
Enhanced Health Products stands behind the premium quality of all our CBD products. We source our CBD products from only the most reputable manufacturers in the industry, and they meet and exceed rigorous industry standards for quality, potency, and purity.
The vast majority of CBD products available on retailers like Amazon are of suspect quality, purity, and efficacy. In many cases, these products do not contain any CBD at all!
Don’t waste your money on these inferior CBD products—shop our extensive collection of premium and pure CBD products to find the right product for your personal health and beauty needs.
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